Today I finished making 9 red and green lotus flowers for a special order. Soon they will be on their way across the country.
One of my finished lotus flowers.
The folding is done and they are held in place by rubber bands until I tie them with waxed linen thread. I make loops for the bottom by tying the thread around the safety cap on my knife.
All tied and ready to be made into lotus flowers.
One lotus flower completed.
9 lotus flowers completed and ready to be packaged and sent across country.
If you are interested in seeing the actual steps to making a lotus flower, you can check out my post: Steps To Making A Paper Lotus Flower.
Art Inspires Ashland
November 14 – 16, 2014
Early Bird special for Evening Presentations tickets ends on November 1!
Three amazing visiting artists will give TED-style presentations on Friday night, November 14, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, and then they will lead hands-on workshops and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, at AAC.
This year’s visiting artists are:
contemporary classical realist master painter, NYC
ground-breaking fiber artist and designer, Berkeley, CA
award-winning body painter, Bend, OR
You can purchase your event tickets and
register for the workshops & demonstrations either at
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St. (across from Pasta Piatti)
Get the Details!
Prepare to be entertained, informed, and inspired!
Our three visiting artists will share stories about who they are,
what they do, and what inspires them in 18-minute, TED-style talks.
Friday, November 14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Doors open at 6 with live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction
Presentations start at 7:30
@ Ashland Springs Hotel Ballroom, 212 E Main St, Ashland
$30 early bird sale price, $35 after Nov. 1
Workshops & Demonstrations, November 15 – 16
Click on the class titles below for more information and to register.
NOTE: Need-based scholarships are available for youth and students.
Create a portrait in red chalk and red crayon on hand-toned paper.
The workshop includes a demonstration and a hands-on class.
Saturday, November 15, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$85 Members, $105 General
Learn the principles of Notan (the interaction between positive and negative space) step-by-step while we each work on creating several paper collages.
Saturday, November 15, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
$65 Members, $80 General
Watch award-winning body painter Natalie Fletcher work her magic: painting a camouflage illusion onto a figure to blend them into a background.
Sunday, November 16, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
$25 Members, $30 General
Thank you to our past and current sponsors:
- Adroit Construction
- Anne Hathaway’s B&B
- Ashland Chamber of Commerce
- Ashland Gallery Association
- AZ Catering
Bruce Richey, Architect
Grape Street Design Group
Grizzly Peak Winery
Hearts & Vines
Jefferson Public Radio
Kistler + Small + White
Lithia Springs Resort
Mercedes Benz of Medford
Sam Vierson Family Foundation
Southern Oregon Media Group
Southern Oregon Public Television
Spring Life Productions
With Art Inspires Ashland, Ashland Art Center’s mission is to bring together some of the world’s most creative minds for a weekend of inspirational presentations, workshops and discussions. This community event is an important yearly fundraiser for the Art Center. All proceeds go to AAC’s children’s classes, education programs, and professional artist services. The Art Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the visual arts community of Southern Oregon and supporting local artists.
My purpose today is to share some tips and ideas about hanging art shows outside the home or studio. Planning and preparation are key to an efficient and smooth operation.
Recently, I was talking to one of my sisters about hanging art shows. My sister has hung art shows in her home, but not in a gallery type venue. She is getting ready to hang a show of my Father’s artwork in Albuquerque this November. As I started sharing tips, it occurred to me that this might be something to share with others.
Successful Hanging Day
Hanging Art At Home – v – Not Home
There is a big difference between hanging an art show in your home or studio and hanging in a gallery or non-traditional venue. Here are some major considerations:
- Time. You may have limited access to the gallery space. The show must be hung within a defined timeframe.
- Materials. You may have to bring all the hanging materials with you; do not assume the venue will provide them.
- Assistance. The venue may or may not have someone available to assist you. You may need to bring your own help.
Put another way, when you’re hanging in your studio or home, you control the situation and deadlines. You can be as efficient as you want to be. However, in a gallery or non-traditional venue (cafe, coffee house, winery) you will have constraints based on the venue’s daily operations.
Tape measure – essential tool
My husband and I have had the pleasure of hanging several shows. Some of them we have had to travel several hours to; some were in a different state. In order to accomplish our task of hanging the artwork within the allotted time, we had to get efficient and establish procedures. We pre-plan the operation and have assigned duties. My husband hangs; I assist and am the gopher.
- Think through the hardware that you will need; create a “hanging day” toolbox. I have such a toolbox and a list of essential ingredients.
- If possible, get the wall dimensions. Once you have the wall dimension, you can develop a hanging plan*
- Create checklists for tools, equipment and documentation. Please see checklists at the bottom of the page
- Take extra paintings just in case and changes in situations
- Preplan and, have a “plan b” with a little redundancy.
* Here a step-by-step outline of how to develop your hanging art plan.
- Get the dimensions (height & width) of each wall or space available to you.
- Get the dimensions of the framed artwork you wish to display.
- Consider the margins, or how much space you want around you
- Then its a matter of arranging and adding up measurements.
For example: Wall space equal 70 inches wide. I have five paintings I am considering. There widths are 14.5, 22.5, 23, 20 and 14 inches respectively. If I wanted to hang 22.5+23+20 paintings, I’d have 65.5 inches committed to paintings. That only leaves me 4.5 inches between the three paintings (two spaces equaling 2.25 inches). Maybe that’s OK; maybe that’s too crowded. That will may be an issue decided on hanging day. Its a matter of style.
I like to come up with two or three options. I present them to my husband. The final decision on layout is usually made on hanging day.
In summary, taking the time to plan and prepare before art hanging day may help you have a smooth, efficient operation.
And, what to do when you’re done? I might go have a nice cup of espresso with a fudge brownie to celebrate a smooth art hanging operation. How about you? And, for those of you who have done art hanging operations, suggestions? Your lessons learned?
Sample Document Checklist
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In August I had a show in the Studio Artist Gallery at the Ashland Art Center. Everything I showed was done with paste papers. I just realized that I hadn’t posted photos of the show. I got too busy with my move and totally forgot. So, here are some photos of the Earth Spirit Vessels that were in the show.
Earth Spirit Vessel, Gypsy Dance, contains 622 pieces of hand-folded paper. All of the purple colors are paste paper.
What are paste papers? The short answer is that I combine pigment (I use acrylic paint) with paste (I cook my own and also use methyl cellulose) and apply it to wet or damp paper (think of finger painting). That’s the short version. If you want more information, check out these posts:
Making Paste Papers: Part One
Making Paste Papers: Part Two
This Earth Spirit, Tumbleweeds, is currently my favorite vessel. I just love its shape and rusty colors, like rusty nails. It contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper.
Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, contains 665 pieces of hand folded paper. The green papers are paste paper and include flecks of gold in the paste paper. All the pieces for the show have burl wood bottoms as you can see here.
What makes my vessels Earth Spirit Vessels is that within 25 of the folded papers are hand-calligraphed quotes, inspirations and prayers relating to Mother Earth and Nature. Once folded, they are made a part of the vessel and not meant to be seen or read, but to be embodied into the spirit of the vessel itself. I include documentation with each Earth Spirit Vessel which includes photos of the calligraphy which in included in the vessel.
This is the documentation that goes with the Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry.
Earth Spirit Vessel, Sandstorm, contains 500 pieces of hand folded paper.
This Earth Spirit Vessel, Blue Crystal, contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper. The blue with silver paper is paste paper.
This Earth Spirit Vessel, Glacier Melt, is made from 672 pieces of hand folded paper. The turquoise blue with silver is paste paper. The blue color looks like the color of the rivers in Alberta, Canada which had glacier run off. Absolutely beautiful and unforgettable!
This Earth Spirit, Tiger Lily, contains 598 pieces of hand folded paper. The brown and golden color with gold flecks is paste paper.
You can see more of my Earth Spirit Vessels on these posts:
Earth Spirit Vessels
New Earth Spirit Vessels
The past few weeks I have been working on a commission of one of my Earth Spirit Vessels for a friend. Two weeks ago I showed the calligraphy and the folded pieces for the vessel. Today I’m showing photos of its progress in being built.
Work in progress on custom Earth Spirit Vessel
This is how I started out on this custom Earth Spirit Vessel.
Three rows completed on this custom Earth Spirit Vessel.
Looking down into the middle of this custom Earth Spirit Vessel. There will eventually be burl wood in the central hole.
This custom Earth Spirit Vessel is slowly taking shape.
Turned upside down, you can see the pattern better on this custom Earth Spirit Vessel as it starts to take shape.
Looking down at the inside at this custom Earth Spirit Vessel. I’m not even half way through yet.
Another row completed on this custom Earth Spirit Vessel.
Looking down at the inside of tis custom Earth Spirit Vessel. You can start to see its shape now.
Custom Earth Spirit Vessel in progress. Looking at it upside down. The center hole will eventually be burl wood.
Work in progress of custom Earth Spirit Vessel.
It’s not finished yet. Stay tuned for the final photos.
Time To Draw
Yes! Today was a lovely fall day! Sky blue, temperatures mild, calm winds. That means time to go outside and do another “Drawing Talent” piece!
Armed with stool, paint tool box, paper, water, sunscreen, hat…etc, OFF I GO! It was late morning on a Sunday. Certainly there will be no one around and I can draw and paint in peace.* Well, no. There we a lot of people at the Downtowne Coffee House!
Busy At Downtowne Coffee House
Cars, dogs, people everywhere! The Downtowne Coffee House has outside tables and they were full of patrons. Judging by the coming and going of cars, I’d say the inside seating was doing pretty good too! I was pleased to see such a hopping, thriving business on a Sunday morning.
It did make it challenging to draw and paint. I worked quickly to get the big shapes of the cars before they moved; which they did. And, others took their place.
I have had coffee here several times. I particularly like their espresso. As a matter of fact, I sat at one of their outdoor tables to do one of my previous “Drawing Talent” pieces, “Drawing Talent: Joe Dunbar Designs & Talent Cafe”.
It was a fun morning. When I walked home, there were several young people at the skate park. For what I call a sleepy town, Talent certainly was active today!
* I enjoy interruptions by interested passersby. That is one of the points of my “Drawing Talent” project. I get to know Talent; Talent people get to know me. Win; win!
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After Monday’s Studio Snapshot showing my paper lotus flowers, I had a request to show the steps to make one. While I am including the steps here, please note that this is a project that I do not teach. I do not teach it because it is hard not to tear the paper when folding it into the flower. It took me weeks to figure out how to fold without tearing and even now, if I’m not in a very calm and peaceful state of mind, I still tear the paper. That said, here are my steps to making a paper lotus flower.
Here is my completed paper lotus flower.
1. Cut 12 pieces of paper 5.5″ by 3″ (8 out of paper for flower & 4 out of paper for leaves). 2. For flower, fold in half as shown. 3. Fold corner up to fold as shown. 4. Repeat for all 4 corners.
5. Fold bottom up to middle as shown. 6. Do same to top as shown. 7. Fold in half as shown. 8. This is how it looks without my finger holding it. Now repeat for the remaining 7 papers for the flower.
9. Fold the 4 papers for the leaves the same way except for the last fold where it is folded in the opposite direction as shown. 10. Stack two of the folded flower papers on one of the leaf papers as shown. 11. 4 stacks or 3 each with the leaf paper on the bottom. 12. Mark the center of one of the top flower petals as shown.
13. Put all four stacks together. 14. Hold the stacks together with rubber bands or clips. 15. Make a loop out of thread (I use waxed linen thread). 16. Tie the stack together in the middle (the mark you made earlier tells where the middle is) and also string through the loop as shown. Note: loop is optional.
17. Spread apart as shown. 18. Gently pull up the first flower petal as shown. 19. Gently pull up the flower petal opposite the first petal. 20. Gently pull up another 2 petals as shown.
21. Keep gently folding up the petals. Here the first row of petals has been pulled. up. 22. Here the second row of petals has been pulled up. Only the leaves remain. 23. Push down on the leaves to flatten. 24. Keep pushing down until all the leaves have been flattened.
Looking down on the finished paper lotus flower.
Here is my completed paper lotus flower.
Note that adding the loop is optional. I like the loop because you can put a ribbon through the loop so the lotus flower can double as a lovely “bow” on a gift box.
Happy creating, Candy
Art Show Coming Up
In my head I’m having a discussion with my sister Dorothy about art show statements. Dorothy is in the process of putting together a solo show of my Dad’s work, artist John H. Stermer (1920-1991). The show will be at the University of New Mexico’s Popejoy Hall (Albuquerque, NM) this November.
How does one go about writing a statement for an art show? What might an art show statement look like?
Thinking off the top of my head, I thought I’d do some online research. This is not a new requirement, there ought to be lots of articles are art show statements, shouldn’t there?
What I found was that there are plenty of articles about writing an artist’s statement, but I couldn’t find one specifically about a show or collection statement. I know they’re out there, but?
I Need Your Help
Since I didn’t find a satisfactory article, I would love to read your suggestions and experiences. To get the ball rolling, so to speak, I thought I’d write this article.
Here’s a brain storm type list of what I think a solo art show or collection (we will go with art show) statement might look like.
- Short. To the point. Smallish sentences for easy reading. Three to five short paragraphs long.
- Its a story about the collection used in the art show.
- It introduces the audience, which are potential collectors, to the collection and gives them a clue about what to see, discover or feel.
- It’s not a bio. It’s not the artist’s childhood.
- Written in the first person.
- Used in publicity and marketing.
- Specific to the collection of art being shown
I have written a couple from time to time and found one in my archives. It was for my “MsKitty & ToyPony” collections. I thought I’d include it as a sample art show statement..ummm, after some editing!
“MsKitty & Toy Pony”
Welcome to the “MsKitty and ToyPony” show! Its about humor, family and friendship. Its also about color, boldness and discovery. Shown here are the highlights of two series of watercolor works: “MsKitty” and “Still Life with Toy Pony”.
The “MsKitty” series was inspired by my aunt’s cat “Maggie”, also known as “Maggie-magnificat”. I gave her the names “MsKitty” and “KittyKitty”, because she is a proper, modern cat. I like the stoic, subdued expressions of kitties. I also like their ability to go from nap to full tilt boogie in four seconds flat. In the MsKitty series, I am exploring the expression of the individual. Others are implied, as in “KittyKitty”; the text refers to someone off-paper. “Regal Kitty” is a nod to the Cubist sculpture of Henri Laurens. In “Groovy Kitty”, I again include Cubist devices, such a face that can be read as head-on or in profile.
I started the “Still Life with Toy Pony” series after working on “MsKitty” for a year or more. Where “MsKitty” is about the individual, “Toy Pony” is the family. The objects are arranged to tell stories about family relationships. Sometimes the four objects are all linked as a unit. At other times, I grouped the objects either as pairs, or in an un-even 3-1 arrangement. Each arrangement influences the mood and expression. Another device I used was the animate object, “Toy Pony” contrasted with three in-animate objects, the candlestick, espresso cup and vase. I believe that “Toy Pony’s” character is easier to reveal because of a natural empathy with animals. “Toy Pony” became the star; the candlestick, espresso cup and vase the supporting cast. On a personal note, I seem myself as the espresso cup.
Even though both series were started independently, they took on a greater personal meaning together. They reminded me of my sisters and me. While each painting is designed to stand on its own, together they reflect my feelings about my family. And, if they bring joy or delight to the viewer, so much the better!
I would love to hear your recommendations and suggestions about what an art show statement should be about.
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October 3-5, 2014
By Deanna St. Martin, reposted from watercolorsocietyoforegon.com. Watercolor Society of Oregon members can register for the Fall convention from the original post (link at the top of the page) or at the Fall 2014 Convention registration link HERE.
Now is the time to plan your visit to the center of Oregon’s new “Wine Country”, October 3, 4 and 5, 2014. Autumn is so lovely in Southern Oregon; summer weather is still here. There is no better place to come and paint.
Convention Chair Deanna St. Martin has been busy planning a fabulous weekend full of inspiration and educational opportunities.
Downtown Medford will be the center of this convention’s activities; the Rogue Gallery and Art Center and many restaurants and focal points are within easy walking distance from the hotel.
Registration begins Friday afternoon at Inn at the Commons, formerly the Red Lion Inn and continues with the Meet & Greet on Friday night, October 3rd. Members will get a chance to meet Juror Linda Baker and catch up with WSO friends, both new and old. Juror Linda Baker has heard so many good things about WSO and can hardly wait to see and paint our lovely vistas.
The new Lark’s Restaurant at the Inn at the Commons is a local favorite and a sure place to “perk” up your morning before the convention activities.
Saturday Break-Out sessions include many of our local artists presenting classes as well as holding Paint-Outs at the many beautiful locations in the Rogue Valley. Members may choose from many varied events.
Hannah West will hold a session on how to capture your buyer’s attention amidst all the online ads with “How to Create a Fabulous Online Presence.”
Jane Hardgrove will help members to get creative with paintings they wonder should be tossed out or salvaged into something else. As a participant you’ll bring in three paintings that you don’t like and turn them into masterpieces.
Winnie Givot will hold a Paint-In on creating “Out of the Box Backgrounds.” Winnie utilizes underpaintings as a basis of her fabulous artwork. These will be the inspiration for this break-out session.
Kara Pilcher with a panel of fellow artists will hold a critique session on “How to Run a Successful Critique Group.” Artists who participate in critique groups can certainly attest to their value.
In addition to the great break-out sessions, Linda Baker will hold two Juror Critiques. These events are often the best attended during the conventions. They provide valuable feedback for the artists who submit painting images as well those who attend the critiques.
On Saturday, Paints-Outs will be led by members Norm Rossignol, Steve and Sue Bennett, and Sue Eakin, just to name a few. Lithia Park, the Commons, the Rogue River, and Belle Fiore Estate & Winery are some of the fabulous locations chosen by our Paint-Out leaders.
On Saturday afternoon the Artists’ Reception will take place a few blocks from the hotel at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center where the 80 juried paintings will be displayed. Food and beverages will be served, and all who attend will have a chance to vote for the “People’s Choice Award”. Then it’s back to the Inn at the Commons for the Awards and Dinner.
Sunday morning events start at 9:00 a.m. with the Members’ Business Meeting (and raffle) followed by a lecture and demo by Linda Baker. Following the convention, WSO is pleased to present a Linda Baker Workshop to be held October 6-10 at the Rogue Gallery. Registration began in May, with a registration form in the May issue of The Watermark.
For a complete schedule of WSO Fall Convention events, meetings, workshops, paint outs, presentations and more, please click the following link to download a pdf with all the info, dates and times: Watercolor Society of Oregon Fall 2014 Convention Schedule
Congratulations to all the Oregon watercolor artists whose paintings were accepted into the Fall Show! Accepted artists include Southern Oregon Artists Resource member Margaret Stermer-Cox and friends of Southern Oregon Artists Resource Betty Barss, Lynda Haghan, Marilyn Hurst, Cecilia Pestlin, Charlotte Peterson, and Eve Margo Withrow. Click here for a complete list of all accepted artists and their paintings